The Fruit Dove: One of Nature’s Sharpest Dressers

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Before today, I had no idea Fruit Doves even existed. Now that I know, though, I’m the richer for it. The fruit doves, also known as fruit pigeons, are a genus (Ptilinopus) in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). These colourful, frugivorous doves are found in forests and woodlands in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is [Read More...]

Waxing Musically Nostalgic with Michael Z. Land (and Bajakian and McConnell)

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The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of Michael Z. Land, the justly-famous composer whose musical influence on my youth was both vast and unforgettable. … What do you mean, “He’s not famous?” … What do you mean, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS???” Here. Listen to this: Actually, hang on. That’s a bit [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Bill Bonner, Vintage Photo Archivist”

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Looking back through my smallish (but rapidly expanding) collection of shorts, I recognize something that I’ve known for some time: I gravitate greatly towards animated shorts. That’s not going to change — because STILL A KID! – but I can also promise that live-action shorts will crop up from time to time (especially sci-fi ones). The [Read More...]

The Stunning Images of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

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A few days ago, a friend and I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker for the first time. As I’ve remarked in the past, I love Tarkovsky. I find him brutally, brutally difficult — almost hopelessly obscure, undeniably challenging, deeply metaphysical. And Stalker is certainly no exception. I have thousands of ideas about what it means, and exactly [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Silverado”

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Remember a few weeks ago when I recommended The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, even though I wasn’t quite sure why I love it so much? Well, today’s I’m recommending another Western. But this time, I know exactly why I love it. It’s not groundbreaking. It’s not profound. It’s not particularly “Influential” or “Complicated” or “Inspiring” [Read More...]

One of the Best Baseball Stories EVER Is Finally Over

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Yesterday, one of the most fascinating, most inspiring, most inscrutable baseball players in recent memory finally decided it was time to hang up his cleats: Rick Ankiel has retired. A quick backstory: Rick Ankiel was a “can’t-miss fireballer.” In 1999, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today. That same [Read More...]

Sam Rocha’s “Late to Love”

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That’s Sam Rocha. He’s a Patheotte. An Academic. A Soul-Singer. And most of all, he’s a soul-searcher. He’s got a Ph.D. And a Kickstarter project for a SoulBluesJazzFunkFolk/Gospel album called “Late to Love.” An album that takes its name from St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” A project with the stated intention of making “the craft of the music its main priority.” [Read More...]

Yes, Virginia. They Do Get Older.

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The boys made breakfast this morning, because Mardi Gras. In the past, that’s usually meant something like this: And this: And this: And all too quickly, this: Which invariably leads to this: Or this: And this: Followed by this, all ’round: But today, when I woke up, it was this: And this: Quickly followed by [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Bean Pháidín”

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Remember that one post where I recommended everyone watch The Secret of Kells as soon as possible? Good times; good times. Oh, wait. That was Friday? So…I guess I should give y’all have a few more days before the quiz, then. (I told you there was going to be a quiz, didn’t I?) In the meantime, [Read More...]

Appropriate Title? There Is None.

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Elizabeth is always reminding us Catholic Patheosi to be thoughtful about our post titles. Well, I thought about this one for a couple of days, and finally decided that there is no title that could possibly prepare you for this musical …thing. None. Why am I posting it, you ask? Just look at it. That’s [Read More...]


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